A “Royal” Defeat … Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy Wins France’s Presidential Election … “the US could count on France’s friendship”
Call it a “Royal” defeat or Strike 3, Socialists in France go down in smoke as Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy wins Presidential election with an estimated 53% of the vote.
PARIS (Reuters) – Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy won France’s presidential election on Sunday, beating his Socialist rival Segolene Royal by a comfortable margin and extending the right’s 12-year grip on power.
Forecasts by four pollsters showed Sarkozy, 52, a hard-line former interior minister, won around 53 percent of the vote in the second-round ballot and will succeed fellow conservative Jacques Chirac, who was president for 12 years.
In an even more stunning and welcome turn of events come the following comment from France’s President elect:
Sarkozy wins French presidency
PARIS, France (CNN) — Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy greeted news of his election Sunday to a five-year term as France’s president with a vow to serve as a leader for all people of France.
“The president of the republic must love and respect all the French,” he told cheering supporters at his campaign headquarters. “I will be the president of all the French people”.
Sarkozy added that he wanted to tell his “American friends that they can rely on our friendship … France will always be next to them when they need us.”
This must just angst the BBC to report:
“the US could count on France’s friendship, but called on Washington to take a lead in the fight against climate change.” (BBC)
This after a more than strained relationship with outgoing French President. 74-year-old Jacques Chirac.
He also said he believed deeply in European integration, but appealed to France’s partners to understand the importance of social protection.
“[Voters] have chosen to break with the habits and the ideals of the past so I will rehabilitate work, authority, morality, respect, merit!” he said.
Others to read:
Wizbang, Sarkozy is known as more pro-American, anti-terrorist, and reformist than either his predecessors or his opponent.
Charles Bremmer, Times on Line